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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/2/13 7:01 P

"My exercise routine began with purchasing a treadmill. I saw no results."
So what was your treadmill routine? How long? How many days a week? How many weeks did you stick with it?

"Now I'm feeling deeply unmotivated and feeling like my body is never going to change."
If a particular exercise routine makes you feel like this, it's not right for you. Challenging yourself is one thing, but it sounds like you are not ready for this and it will leave you discouraged and defeated.

I would not give up on the treadmill. It can be a very useful tool for building cardio endurance as well as burning calories. Read some to the articles in the fitness section here about getting the most out your treadmill. Also look into intervals. They keep me engaged and really torch the calories in less time.

As far as videos, why don't you check out your local library. You can try all sorts of videos to find the right fit for you. Try them a few times, but you'll know if it's the right challenge or beyond your current level.

Stick with it and progress at your own pace. I'm sure you'll be able to try Insanity again and have a much better time with it.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/2/13 6:43 P

with weight loss it is 80% nutrition and 10% working out and 10% genetics. So make sure that you are tracking all your food. I still would use your treadmill. Did you give up too soon on it. I lost 60 lbs. by walking outside, using my treadmill in bad weather and eating right. Resistance bands are a good idea too. I love using mine. Check out the sparks workouts and they have really good ones.

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3/2/13 6:23 P


Insanity is an insane workout, and what I have read from the experts is that one should have a pretty good fitness base to begin the workout. That said, there are lots of options to do at home with inexpensive equipment, such as resistance bands. If you have not visited the SparkPeople Fitness Resource center you may want to consider doing so by going to the Articles and Videos tab at the top of your page and selecting the Fitness option from the drop down menu selection.

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3/2/13 5:38 P

You're not in the wrong forum, so no apologies are necessary. Where you gain weight is largely determined by genetics. The unfortunate truth is that we can't spot-reduce; all the crunches in the world won't give you a flat belly. :)

Of course it's normal to have trouble finishing an intense workout program like Insanity! I would suggest shelving that for now until you get your endurance up. It's more for advanced exercisers. It's fine if all you can do is 10 minutes, since you have it, if you want to stick with it. Just start where you are. If all you can do is 10, then do your 10, and break it up. Do it 3 times a day, for 10 minutes. After a few weeks, you'll be able to build up more and more. It takes TIME. You don't run marathons before being able to walk regularly for an hour. This is no different!

Losing weight is not actually about the exercise you do. It doesn't matter what you do, only THAT you do it (and that you include strength training as a part of a complete program.) Weight loss is about the food you eat. YOu can't out-exercise a bad diet! It's a common misconception that you need to exercise to lose weight. IT helps (a lot.) It allows you to eat more and still lose weight. But you adjust your diet to your exercise, not the other way around.

Are you tracking your food? Are you weighing and measuring the food you eat?

How long are you working your program? It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/2/2013 (17:39)
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3/2/13 5:26 P

I'm new to sparkpeople, so my apologies for posting this in the wrong forum.

I'm a young mom. I've had 2 children close together. I'm very unhappy with my weight. For the past year I've been eating clean, but my weight has not changed. I suspected it was my portion sizes, so just recently I have been weighing out all of my serving sizes.

Like most mommies, my trouble area is my midsection. My exercise routine began with purchasing a treadmill. I saw no results.

So I started insanity. I did the first day, and I barely made it 10 minutes before giving up completely. I felt like I was taking too many breaks (basically every few minutes).

Now I'm feeling deeply unmotivated and feeling like my body is never going to change.

Am I just reaching too far with my workout routine? Was insanity pushing myself too hard? Should I stick it it normal to need frequent breaks in an intense workout like insanity? Or should I try something more my caliber? Are there any recommendations out there?

Joining a gym is out of the question, so a DVD video is what I am looking for.

Thank you for the support!

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